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Hockey: Indian eves thrash Kazakhstan 8-0

Posted on Feb 18, 10:38PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 13 : Indian women's hockey team started their winning campaign on the first day of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 being played at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Monday.

The Indian women's team played an attacking game and thrashed Kazakhstan 8-0.

India scored four goals in the first half through Jaspreet Kaur (8th minute penalty corner and 21st minute penalty corner), Rani (15th minute and 26th minute) to claim the lead in the game.

In the second half, India continued to score at a regular interval and converted four goals through Rani (41st minute), Soundarya Yendala (48th minute penalty corner), Jaspreet Kaur (54th minute penalty corner and 70th minute penalty stroke).

Jaspreet Kaur was adjudged Player-of-the-Match for scoring four brilliant goals. Jaspreet said it was an ideal way to start the campaign.

"It was a good start. But the real test will be against Japan," said Jaspreet.

India next face Malaysia Tuesday.

India coach Neil Hawgood said though his girls dominated the match he was unhappy that the team didn't score many from field goals.

"I am not worried about the fact that we didn't score enough through field attempts because it was such a match where we could use plenty of penalty corners."

Asked about their clash against Malaysia, Hawgood said: "Malaysia is a good team and in modern day hockey rankings hardly matters."

India captain Ritu Rani concurred with her coach.

"I am happy that the team did well but we could have scored more goals today," she added.

Earlier in the day, Japan, the highest ranked team in the tournament at World No.9, thrashed Fiji 14-0.

Fiji is the lowest ranked team in the event at No.59. In another match, Malaysia beat Russia 3-1.